Death metal is more than just music. It transcends such a limited mortal state of mind. Death metal is the aural expression of humanity’s darkest side, of devastation, sorrow and the harbingers of mankind’s own inhumanity and ultimately its destruction.
Death metal is not a trend, a fashion parade or a means to an end. It is much more than that. It is a way of life. A life in death.
This is the doctrine Italy’s HOUR OF PENANCE spew forth with unrelenting musical ferocity through their sickening, mind-obliterating auditory assault on the senses.
Forged in the dark shadows of “The Holy Capital,” this most unholy of quartets have steadily been making a name for themselves as one of the most intense, talented and impressive, both in the studio and live onstage, modern death metal bands around.
These tyrannical troubadors of brutality have so far spread their plague of destruction across the breadth of the European continent and the UK. Fresh from playing all manner of festivals including SWR Fest (Portugal), Neurotic Deathfest (Netherlands), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), headlining on home soil (Tattooing Death Fest, Italy) and numerous German gatherings the band have also subjected the masses to a masterclass in precision brutality by touring Europe with the likes of Cephalic Carnage, Psycroptic and Origin – matches made in the bowels of hell itself.
Countless venues across the continent and the UK have witnessed the slaughter each time these Italian stallions take to the stage. HOUR OF PENANCE are one of those few bands who not only manage to harness the tools of intense brutality in the studio and on record but translate so perfectly into the live arena too that the gathered public is subjected to an even more visceral display than anticipated! With each release unleashed upon the masses, HOUR OF PENANCE have continued to hone their finesse further, progressively managing to not only ratchet up the aural intensity of their music but also the sheer technicality, musicianship and caliber required to be able to withstand such increasing potentcy.
The year 2010 saw the release of the band’s most lauded album to date, “Paradogma,” thirty-six minutes of ferocious brutality played with a precision-targeted attack on the senses which earned the band high praise from the music press and the thousands who heard it, including CANNIBAL CORPSE’s Alex Webster.
Now, just when you thought it was safe to call yourself a death metal fan, and with the impending 2011 unleashing of their most potent conjuration thus far, HOUR OF PENANCE are poised to strike and devastate the ears of the loyal disciples of death metal once more with a merciless master class in brutality. 2011 will see the band yet again rise to a new level of extreme metal excellence that needs to be heard and seen to be believed.
Unleashing a likely tour de force in maniacal death metal brutality, a celebration of music in its darkest and most inhuman form and with a brand new worldwide signing to Prosthetic Records, HOUR OF PENANCE have ascended to an even greater height of precision and savagery. Every population has its cancer, every movement its enemies. Be the wolf amongst the flock. Embrace the barbarity!Now, just when you thought it was safe to listen to call yourself a death metal fan, and with the impending unleashing of their most potent conjurations thus far, HOUR OF PENANCE are poised to strike & devastate the ears of the loyal disciples of death metal once more with a merciless masterclass in brutality entitled 'Paradogma' brought into inception at the legendary 16th Cellar Studios and Hertz Studios in Poland.
Unleashing a likely tour de force in maniacal death metal brutality, a celebration of music in it's darkest and most inhuman form, HOUR OF PENACE have ascended to an even greater height of precision savagery. Every population has its cancer, every movement its enemies. Be the wolf amongst the flock. Embrace the barbarity!